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NFL roundup: Ravens owner responds to latest controversy

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[September 23, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti sat on a stage at the team's practice facility Monday and answered questions for almost 50 minutes regarding the way the team and the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.

Bisciotti and the Ravens disputed many aspects of a report by ESPN last week. They specifically disputed allegations that the Ravens knew about the incriminating video before it publicly surfaced via TMZ and that allegations that coach John Harbaugh wanted to cut Rice earlier in the year, but was overruled by the front office.

The Ravens issued an eight-page report disputing a number of the allegations in the ESPN article.

Bisciotti also vehemently denied a report that he promised Rice an eventual front office job with the organization if he agreed to stay quiet about the way the incident was handled.

Bisciotti did admit he would have handled the Rice situation differently if given another chance.

Bisciotti said that it's "obvious" that the majority of the anonymous sources in the ESPN article work for Rice (his agent, attorney friends, etc.) in order to build a case for his reinstatement to the league. Bisciotti also said no one with the Ravens organization will lose their jobs over the handling of the case.

--Tests confirmed that Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall suffered a season-ending Achilles injury

against Philadelphia.

The Redskins placed him on injured reserve and promoted cornerback Chase Minnifield from the practice squad.

--Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will be placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL while celebrating a sack, coach Jim Caldwell announced.

Tulloch's left knee buckled while he was jumping up and down after making a sack of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

---Kicker Alex Henery signed with the Lions and struggling rookie place-kicker Nate Freese was waived.

Freese missed a 41-yard field goal wide left to end the first half and was 0-for-4 from 40 yards and longer in the first three games.

--The Pittsburgh Steelers could be without three defensive players for a while after they were injured in Sunday night's game.

Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier has a sprained MCL and will undergo an MRI.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones likely needs wrist surgery that would sideline him indefinitely, a source told ESPN.

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Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a broken right forearm and is a candidate to go on short-term injured reserve where he could return to action after eight weeks.

--Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin declined to commit to quarterback Ryan Tannehill as his starter for Sunday's game in London.

It remains unclear who will be the starter for Dolphins' game against the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium.

Matt Moore is the Dolphins' backup quarterback.

--Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce has a sports hernia injury and will need surgery, coach Chip Kelly confirmed.

Sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Kelce could miss up to two months or more.

--The San Diego Chargers placed running back Danny Woodhead on season-ending injury reserve after he suffered a broken leg in Sunday's game.

The Chargers are already without running back Ryan Matthews, who is expected to miss a few more weeks with a hamstring injury.

-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who may be without quarterback Josh McCown sidelined for the next few weeks with a thumb injury, worked out former Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday, ESPN.com reported.


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